2018 Haute Route North America
Welcome to Gran Fondo USA >> Kwiatkowski posts Milan-Sanremo winning ride on Strava

Kwiatkowski posts Milan-Sanremo win on Strava

The effort required to follow Sagan's attack after 285km of racing

Peter Sagan's attack on the final climb of the Poggio was epic. Many Sprinters like Kristoff said afterwards they just couldn't follow as they were on the limit. Such was the speed of and depth of the attacks, Sprinters like Mark Cavendish were dropped on the Cipressa.

It was Tom Dumoulin from Sun Web who really grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck and dug deep. After Dumoulin pulled over just before the top of the Poggio, Sagan launched an almighty attack that surprised everyone, no one responded immediately.

Within a few seconds, Alaphilippe and Kwiatkowski set about bridging across to Sagan.

Milan-San Remo is a long ride, so lets take up the race, as it hit the coast and the peloton started to wind up the pace. Kwiatkowski’s average speed went up from 36 to 46 kph.

The real racing started in the last 30km. The penultimate climb of the Cipressa saw the Sprinters teams vying for positions and Mark Cavendish was brought to the front by Dimension Data, to still be in contention at the top of the Cipressa. That back fired spectacularly.

With an average gradient of only 4%, Kwiatkowski's power went up to an average of nearly 360 watts for nearly 10 minutes with a heart rate of 178 bpm, as the Peloton was shattered. Mark Cavendish was dropped halfway up the Cipressa, it was mayhem.

With just over 9km to go what was left of the Peloton hit the lower slopes of the infamous final climb of the Poggio. With an average gradient of only 3.7 per cent and 285 kms in the legs it was pure hell. Kwiatkowski averaged 443 watts on his ascent of the Poggio which took 5:47 with an average heart rate of 181 bpm and average cadence of 99 rpm. The effort earned him the Strava KOM. As Tom Domoulin pulled over and Sagan attacked, it was where things really lit up.

To follow the world champion with Alaphilippe, Kwiatkowski averaged 612 watts with a max of 1012 watts. Kwiatkowski hit his maximum heart rate 190 bpm at the top of the climb as they chased Sagan down, over the top, down the final descent.

On the descent Sagan and company grew a gap of 18 seconds with a combination of brilliant descending and recovery skills.

Kwiatkowski and Alaphilippe left Sagan out to dry until the last kilometre when they realised they would stay in front of what was left of the peloton.

Sagan rounded the final corner onto the Via Roma, Kwiatkowski left Sagan on the front and waited until the current world champion opened up his sprint which he did from the front with around 200m to go.

Kwiatkowski followed with a maximum effort of 1220 watts, and just came around Sagan with 50m to go hitting a max speed of 64 kph.

Sagan had burnt all his matches and the match box. All he could do was lunge for the line, but Kwiatkowski had the one last match to strike at the very end and just pipped Sagan on the line to win in a time of 7:08:39.

That's what it takes to beat the World Champion and win Milan San-Remo after 290 kms.

Kwiatkowski posts Milan-Sanremo win on Strava

2017 Milan-San Remo Top 10

1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 7:08:39 
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe   
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors   
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:05 
5 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors   
6 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ   
7 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo   
8 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits   
9 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky   
10 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott

VIDEO: 2017 Milan San Remo Final Kilometres

Tag: strava
Feb 25 2018 - NEWS: San Francisco cyclist creates an Amazing Strava Portrait
Nov 01 2017 - NEWS: Strava Heat Map Shows the growing Popularity of North American Cycling
Oct 12 2017 - NEWS: Phil Gaimon's New Book "Draft Animals" is Out
Sep 27 2017 - NEWS: Phil Gaimon's "Worst Retirement Ever," Episode 8: Boulder, Colorado
Oct 01 2017 - NEWS: Worst Retirement Ever: Boulder, Colorado - Take Two
Apr 18 2017 - NEWS: VIDEO: Phil Gaimon takes LA's Nichols Canyon KOM
Mar 31 2017 - NEWS: VIDEO: Phil Gaimon's Worst Retirement Ever, Episode 1: Mount Palomar
Mar 21 2017 - NEWS: Kwiatkowski posts Milan-Sanremo winning ride on Strava
Feb 22 2017 - NEWS: Strava now available on Apple Watch
Feb 14 2017 - NEWS: Standalone Strava app rolls out for Android Wear 2.0
Jan 01 2017 - NEWS: Phil Gaimon sets new Strava KOM on Hawaii's Mauna Kea
Dec 11 2016 - NEWS: Rapha And Strava Partner again for the Xmas “Festive 500” Challenge
Dec 08 2016 - NEWS: Strava: Which Country is the Quickest?
Aug 07 2016 - NEWS: Strava Premium improves athlete safety with Beacon
Apr 01 2016 - NEWS: Vermont Gran Fondo Releases KOM Strava Segments
Tag: procyclingclassics
Apr 22 2018 - NEWS: Woods puts EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale on Liège podium
Apr 22 2018 - NEWS: Bob Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege after solo attack
Apr 18 2018 - NEWS: Alaphilippe takes Valverde's Crown and wins Fleche Wallonne
Apr 15 2018 - NEWS: Michael Valgren wins the Classic Amstel Gold Race
Apr 12 2018 - NEWS: World champion Peter Sagan is Back this Sunday at the Amstel Gold Race
Apr 13 2018 - NEWS: Gilbert, Terpstra and Alaphilippe headline Quick-Step Floors Amstel Gold Team
Apr 11 2018 - NEWS: Tim Wellens wins Brabantse Pijl as riders honor Michael Goolaerts
Apr 09 2018 - NEWS: Cycling mourns death of 23-year-old Michael Goolaerts
Apr 08 2018 - NEWS: World Champion Peter Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix after decisive attack
Apr 06 2018 - NEWS: BMC Racing's full force behind Greg Van Avermaet at Paris-Roubaix
Apr 04 2018 - NEWS: Fabio Jakobsen wins Scheldeprijs as Level Crossing causes Chaos
Apr 03 2018 - NEWS: All you need to know about the 2018 Paris-Roubaix
Mar 24 2018 - NEWS: Nikki Terpstra solos to emphatic win at the Tour of Flanders
Mar 30 2018 - NEWS: Quick-Step Floors a force to be reckoned with at the Tour of Flanders
Mar 28 2018 - NEWS: Yves Lampaert wins Dwars Door Vlaanderen for the second time